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Not very good really - amazed this series has lasted so long
on 29 November 2013
I have heard of the wexford novels but never read one or seen them on telly. as it happens, he's not in this much anyway, it mostly focuses on Mike Burdon.
Following a child abduction he jumps into bed almost immediately with the apparent victim's mother, which didn't really ring true for a respectable middle aged senior small town policeman, even in the early 70s hangover from the period of free love, when this was originally written.
There are actually two child abductions here, the solution to one (which happened before the main action of the book takes place) is very obvious once you've met the perpetrator - who doesn't feature at all for a large chunk of the book. The solution to the main abduction crisis is frankly risible but I won't spoil the plot for readers by saying what it is.
We are also supposed to believe in a sudden 180 degree change in Mike's feelings for another character which occurs on the very last page of the book.
well written, but not credible in places, which ultimately rather ruined it for me. If the other ones in the series are no better I'm surprised she's had such a slong and successful career.